If you follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook you know I’m into a lot of things other than just makeup like fashion, nail art, home decor, healthy eating and fitness!! Oh how I love fitness and a gajillion years ago I was an instructor and taught at several gyms teaching up to 8 classes a week. This was back, back, back when step aerobics was huge, spinning was just a newbie to the scene and I may or may not have worn a shiny tights with a thong back leotard…maybe! Now I’m just a fitness enthusiast but it’s still a huge part of my life and how I’ve come to work on so many of the #1 selling fitness programs with the top fitness celebs.
One thing I’ve learned over the years researching and collecting data in my single subject, non-scientific study is that when you love your workout clothes, feel great in it and look cute in it, the more calories you will scorch! And when you have something new to wear you really look forward to getting your workout in. What a great incentive to stick with your fitness goals!
So I know I post a lot about my obsession with certain staple pieces of fitness wear but my latest and greatest find just happens to be totally adorable, fits great, is super flattering and best of all it’s easy to find and a nice middle of the road price range! I got the opportunity from GigaSavvy to choose a few things from the Macy’s website in their activewear for women department to test and review. I had no idea they had such a great selection of clothing and shoes from the familiar fitness brands like Nike, Puma, The North Face and a couple of their own house brands. I decided to try something that was brand spankin new to me and found a really cute top and sports bra both by Ideology.
When it comes to fitness clothing I absolutely believe that you get what you pay for. Call me the Spandex Snob but all you have to do is catch a glimpse of your booty in the mirror to see what high percentage of supplex in typically expensive workout clothes does for you! It’s like Spanx! So when I received my new top and sports bra, (each under $35!!) I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the material, the awesome fit and how it performed in a super sweaty and intense Turbo Fire workout.
The sports bra…OMG! What a sports bra! It’s seriously a modern day engineering marvel. I have a million sports bras and while they all meet their main job requirement to support the girls and control the bounce they also smash you down as if you’ve wrapped yourself up in an ace bandage and create the dreaded “uniboob” look. Well, I’ve finally found one that does it’s main job requirements but exceeds in the support, lift and separate department. Yes ladies, you can now have the look of two boobs!! The very lightly padded molded cups and comfortable flexible underwire make you look super perky like you’re 20 again! I’ve never tried a sports bra with an underwire before and was worried that it would be uncomfortable but it’s not at all. Another thing I loved about this sports bra is that the strap length was just right. If you look at my giant drawer of workout tops you’ll find that nearly every one has been altered crudely with hair ties or safety pins to shorten the straps and hoist the girls up. Also there’s an adjustable clasp so you can get a snug fit around the rib cage which further helps to support. It doesn’t get much more perfect than that. Now if only they would make it in every color in the rainbow…
The top that I got is similar in style to the Lululemon “No Limits” tank that I’m clearly obsessed with since I do own them in a rainbow of colors. This one by Ideology has a double tank, fitted on top of loose easy fit but without the banded bottom. It easily can be worn both in and out of the gym with leggings, a long fitted cardigan, your favorite riding boots and a scarf for the perfect super cute and comfy yet put together winter outfit. The inside tank is a black and charcoal gray subtle stripe that fits close to the bottom and is longer tunic length (covers your butt cause outside the gym remember that leggings are not pants!) than can also be worn ruched to shorten. The outter tank is solid black and looser fitting. This too needs to be made forever in every color combo imaginable!
So there you go! Check out Macy’s next time you’re looking to add some hot new pieces of affordable workout wear to your wardrobe. I know I will definitely be adding in lots of new Ideology. Oh, did I mention that they have tons of sales even on Nike and Puma so you can pay even less! That should make all of our inner Bargainistas giddy with happiness!
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